Tampa Bay's newest acquisition has given the Rays another reason to believe they can make a playoff push.
Baltimore's sputtering offense isn't giving the Orioles the same optimism.
Ryan Roberts looks to build on an encouraging debut and help the Rays complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles on Thursday at Camden Yards.
Tampa Bay (51-47) and Baltimore (51-47) are tied in the standings - 2 12 games out of an AL wild card spot - after the Rays' 10-1 victory Wednesday. David Price became the majors' first 14-game winner and Roberts homered and scored three runs in his first game with Tampa Bay.
Roberts arrived only a few hours before game time after being traded from Arizona late Tuesday. He had 19 homers and 65 RBIs last season for the NL West champion Diamondbacks, but hadn't enjoyed the same success this year. The Rays are hoping a change of scenery will get his bat going, and it certainly seems possible given his track record against AL pitching.
He is batting .289 with three...